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Colorado Supreme Court declines to hear case challenging ski areas’ use of waivers to avoid lawsuits

The Colorado Supreme Court will not consider a case that questions ski areas’ use of waivers to protect themselves from lawsuits filed by injured skiers. Attorneys fighting for skier safety fear the end of legal challenges to now-ubiquitous resort liability waivers may mean the death of the venerable Ski Safety Act. The state’s highest court […]

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Colorado Supreme Court ends decade-long fight over teen skier’s death in Vail inbounds avalanche

The Colorado Supreme Court has denied an appeal by the family of a 13-year-old skier killed in an inbounds avalanche in 2012 at Vail ski area. The court’s denial to hear the case effectively ends a nearly 10-year fight by the parents of Taft Conlin. Louise Ingalls and Steve Conlin argued that Vail ski area […]

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Colorado’s new redistricting process faces a time crunch. The state Supreme Court will decide whether to push back deadlines.

With September’s constitutional deadlines looming for the submission of final redistricting maps, Colorado’s independent congressional and legislative redistricting commissions are calling on the Colorado Supreme Court to move deadlines and buy more time.  “This is an extraordinary and highly challenging redistricting year,” the Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission wrote in a request to the court earlier […]

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Racial discrimination still exists in jury selection. Colorado’s Supreme Court rejected a proposal meant to fix that.

In June 2020, as people across the United States and in communities like Denver and Aurora were protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, the Colorado Supreme Court sent a letter to judges and court employees pledging its continued commitment to equal justice and the marginalized.  “We have been starkly reminded that […]

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Colorado Supreme Court expands access to internal police probes

FORT COLLINS — Colorado’s Supreme Court has ruled that people requesting copies of completed law enforcement internal investigations under state open records law don’t need to ask for a “specific, identifiable incident” to get the documents, The Coloradoan reported. The court’s 5-2 ruling on Monday removes a significant barrier for information seekers under a 2019 law […]

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Colorado Supreme Court rejects animal cruelty ballot measure strongly opposed by farmers, ranchers

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday rejected a proposed 2022 ballot question on animal cruelty, saying the measure seeking to define common ranching and farming practices as sex acts violates a clause in the state constitution.  The court specifically ruled that Initiative 16 violates the Colorado constitution’s single-subject requirement, which says a ballot question or […]

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Colorado Supreme Court tells lawmakers to stay out of redistricting process, but signs off on use of preliminary data

The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an effort by the General Assembly to make changes to this year’s consequential legislative and congressional redistricting process, ruling that it would be unconstitutional for state lawmakers to get involved. Legislative leaders introduced a measure, Senate Bill 247, that would have allowed the commissions to use preliminary U.S. […]

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Lawmakers can allow school districts to raise property taxes without voter approval, Colorado Supreme Court rules

The Colorado legislature may permit school districts to incrementally raise property taxes in coming years without the normally required voter approval under a bill that’s headed to Gov. Jared Polis’ desk, the state Supreme Court ruled on Monday.  Lawmakers asked the court to rule on the legality of House Bill 1164, which seeks to reverse […]

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Colorado judge resigns after state Supreme Court censure over multiple reports of racial bias

By Colleen Slevin, Associated Press A Colorado judge will resign after being censured for repeatedly saying a racial slur in a conversation with a Black employee, expressing her views on racial justice while on the bench as well as using court employees to work on personal business. The Colorado Supreme Court issued the censure for […]

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Colorado Supreme Court’s first female chief justice and its first Black justice die in the same week

The Colorado Supreme Court’s first female chief justice and its first and only Black justice both died this week. Justice Mary Mullarkey, who was 77, died Wednesday after living for years with multiple sclerosis. She spent 23 years on the state’s highest court and 12 years as the court’s chief. Justice Gregory Kellam Scott, who […]